How to manage advanced screen sharing settings in Zoom

Zoom offers a desktop application which includes a range of advanced screen-sharing features which allow a greater level of control and hassle-free troubleshooting of shared content.

This feature is intended to be used by users with advanced technical knowledge only.

In cases where these options are toggled without understanding how the hardware configuration and the software settings of a device work can lead to a substandard user experience.

Learn more about how to change the settings in the desktop client or mobile application if you are interested in more basic screen sharing settings.

Prerequisites for advanced screen share settings

  • The Zoom desktop application is now available for download
    • Windows: 5.3.0 (52651.0920) or higher
    • macOS: 5.3.0 (52651.0920) or higher
    • Linux: 5.3.465578.0920 or higher

How to access advanced screen share options

  1. Access the Zoom desktop application by signing in with your Zoom account.
  2. After you have reached your profile picture, click on the Settings tab.
  3. On the Share Screen tab, you will find the option to share your screen.
  4. To do this, click Advanced.
  5. Depending on what operating system you are using, there are several options available:
    • (Windows, macOS, Linux): Limits the number of frames that your screen-sharing feed will contain (Windows, macOS, Linux): Limits the number of frames that your screen-sharing feed will contain. If your bandwidth doesn’t allow you to share your screen, you can enable this feature to share your screen with someone else.
    • The share screen option displays a green border around the shared content (Windows, macOS, Linux): When you are screen sharing a desktop or monitor, a green border shows up around the edge of the screen so that you can easily identify the screen being shared.
    • Only share the window of the selected app (Mac)
    • The use of TCP for screen sharing is an option that you can enable if you are experiencing difficulties seeing the content shared on your screen, or if you are experiencing difficulties seeing others’ content on your screen.
    • Optimizes video sharing by using hardware acceleration (macOS): Accesses the hardware decoder on a video card to help conserve the CPU’s resources when screen sharing.
    • The screen capture mode refers to the different methods we use to capture the screen in order to share it with others. In some cases, changing this setting will result in some content, such as drop-down menus or pop-ups, not being shared.
      • Auto (default):
      • When using Zoom to share a screen, Zoom attempts to select the most appropriate method automatically.
      • Capture with window filtering:
      • Using this method, your screen will be shared without the Zoom desktop client displaying any windows.
      • Advanced capture with window filtering:
      • When you use this method, you will be able to share your screen, use motion detection (so whenever a window is moved or a movie is played), and you will not be able to see the Zoom desktop client’s windows.
      • Advanced capture without window filtering:
      • As a result, you will be able to share your screen, include motion detection (when you move a window or play a movie), and display your Zoom desktop client’s windows when using this method.
      • Legacy/Previous operating systems:
      • It could be an option, for instance, if your Windows or Mac OS operating system is not up to date, or if you don’t have the latest video drivers on your computer. While a host is sharing their screen, one or more blank screens may appear on participants’ screens if this option is not enabled.
      • The screen capture mode will override the Show Zoom windows during screen sharing setting, if it is enabled.
      • Secure share with window filtering (Windows):
      • By selecting this option, only the content of the selected window will be shared. During transitions including minimization and maximization of the window or moving windows around, we will never share any content that may be running in the background.
    • Enable hardware acceleration for (Windows):
      • Screen sharing:
      • Make sure this option is disabled if your attendees are having trouble viewing the shared screen.
      • Annotations on a shared screen or whiteboard:
      •  Disable this option if you can’t make annotations on the shared screen.
      • Use hardware acceleration to optimize video sharing:
      •  It utilizes the hardware decoder within the video card in order to reduce the consumption of the CPU when screen sharing.